Monday, 22 July 2013

Archangel Raphael/ San Rafael

This is an interpretation of a retablo  from the Northern New Mexico tradition of the santero Pedro Antonio Fresquis, 1749-1831.
San Rafael is recognized by the symbols of the fish and the sack, the materials that carry the healing. The story of Archangel Raphael is found in the Old Testament in the book of Tobit.

Each of these Archangels have been assigned a day in the Catholic calendar and are Patrons of specific vocations or mediators of blessings. Archangel Raphael, whose name means
 "The shining one who heals", feast day is Sept 29 and is the Patron saint of Doctors and happy meetings. 

I am painting on Kozo, handmade Japanese paper and the mat is framed in Chiyogami, the silk screened Japanese paper. See post "A Tradition unique to Northern New Mexico" for first retablo in this series.

Archangel Raphael/ San Rafael
4 x 6
acrylic on Kozo, mat covered in Chiyogami
SOLD, photos available for framing

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